Potential Future Increases in Intense Precipitation Events and Implications for Agriculture
From the USDA-ARS Grazinglands Research Laboratory and Southern Plains Climate Hub…
Intense precipitation is a mixed blessing for agricultural producers. Depending on its timing, severity, and the antecedent environmental conditions, it can bring much needed relief from droughts and strengthen crop and livestock productivity, or it can exacerbate flooding on already saturated ground and decimate harvests. Current and future climate change will affect the nature of intense precipitation events (defined as the highest 10% events in daily precipitation distributions), further challenging the management of agricultural production systems.
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